Brent Cobb – Keep ‘Em On They Toes

Do you find yourself being attracted to artists simply because they seem like nice people?

I don’t know Brent Cobb personally. But, through his music, he seems like such a pleasant and genuine human being. His music puts forth a laid back and easy going demeanor of someone who is super chill and has a good time, but will speak up and take a strong stance when the situation calls for it.

I think we would be friends.

My copy of Keep ’Em On They Toes came with a t-shirt that says ”Country Music For Grown Folks” and it is an incredibly apt description for this record. Kudos to whoever came up with that tag line. This album is a fabulous mixture of a few country music styles with Texas swing, western folk, country singer-songwriter, and the soft side of 70s southern rock all finding their way onto this album.

The end result is pleasant, playful, serious, and fun all at once.

The songs on this record move effortlessly between traditional storytelling country to lighthearted tongue-in-cheek songs to political protest music that would make Woody Guthrie proud. All of this is done with a laidback easy flow.

The basis of Brent Cobb’s style of country on Keep ’Em On They Toes is very much reminiscent of John Denver’s country and western folk music. He has a soft and easy voice that soothes but also commands respect and attention. He is your quiet friend who is quick with a joke, gives sage advice, and displays political brilliance.

This album is the antithesis of the shit country-pop music that is currently on country music radio. Share this album with your friends who listen to that stuff and pray that they will see the error of their ways.

My favorite track is the duet with another of my favorites, Nikki Lane: Soapbox

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